I am thrilled about the next week session in the program Collecting Design, when I will host two special guests visiting New York from Europe, with a focus on the Italian Anti-Design Movement. French visionary architect Charls Zana, who will share his expertise and passion for Italian design of the 60s and 70s, along with Justine Despretz from Rome-based Galleria O, who wrote her thesis on the role of the auction house in promoting Italian design. Throughout the 60s, Italy had strengthened its position as a world-leading lab for new design ideas. In commercial design, experimentation with plastic have brought such designers as Joe Colombo, Marco Zanuso, Richard Sapper, and Mario Bellini to create furniture of unorthodox forms, paving the way for Italy to pioneer radical modern design. Many anti design experiments were carried out by groups formed during the late 60s, such as Cavart, Global Tools, Superstudio, and Studio Alchimia resulted in objects which were often more statements than products, like the hat and coat stand Cactus by Guido Drocco and Franco Mell from 1971 and the chair Pratone by Gruppo Strum from 1970.